State Congratulations to Wauseon Symphonic Band for earning a Superior Rating at the 2017 OMEA District 1 Large Group Adjudicated Event.
The event was held on Friday and Saturday March 10 & 11 at Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Out of the 34 bands that participated in this year’s event our Wauseon Symphonic Band was one of only 14 bands that earned a superior rating qualifying them for the state level in April. This marks the first time that Symphonic band has qualified since 2012 when the band was under the direction of now retired director Tracy Behrman.
The process for Large Group Adjudication in OMEA is that each ensemble is asked to perform three selections, one of which must be selected from a list of required music as deemed by OMEA. Your music selection determines your classification. You perform these three selections in a concert setting and receive a rating and feedback from each of three different adjudicators. After you perform on the stage the ensemble moves to another area and performs for a different adjudicator in the area called “sight reading”. This is where you perform a piece you have never seen before. You are basically performing it at “first sight”. This adjudicators rating combined with the three adjudicators from the stage area all get averaged together to give one final rating. Only ensembles that earn a superior rating qualify for the state level.
This year the Symphonic band selected Military Escort by Harold Bennett; Estampie by W. Francis McBeth, and The Light Eternal by James Swearingen. The Light Eternal was the required selection. Our state required selection will be Where Eagles Soar by Steven Reineke and we will be performing on April 21 at 8:45 pm at Findlay High School.
This marks the first time band has qualified for both Marching Band State Finals and Large Group State Adjudications in 6 years. We wish to thank all of the students for their incredible hard work and commitment to excellence to raise the program to this level. Our team is 60% Freshman and Sophomores and we are lead by outstanding Juniors and Seniors. This means we have great potential for the future with so many outstanding young participants.
The band program in Wauseon has a rich legacy of excellence and we are honored to carry on the tradition to the next generation of Band family. Thanks to the Wauseon Schools and community for continually supporting music in our schools.
Please come out and support the Wauseon Symphonic Band in Findlay April 21, 2017 at 8:45pm.